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Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships
The Thames Consortium, comprised of The National Maritime Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and The National Archives has been awarded six Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDPs) per year for three years to support doctoral students. The CDP studentships are distributed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to sustain and promote high-quality research and skills in the sector. Maintaining the skills base in the arts and humanities is vital, and The National Archives will now be able to extend more opportunities for interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and training. We are pleased to be involved and thrilled that students will have access to a museum, an art gallery and an archive through which to explore their themes.
Popular radicalism in the age of reform: government and localities, 1782-1832
- The National Archives - Dr Paul Carter
- The University of Hertfordshire - Dr Katrina Navickas
- The University of Central Lancashire - Dr Robert Poole
Application deadline: 14 March 2014
At a time when the nature and future of democracy and citizen engagement in politics is the subject of public debate, this project will investigate the role of popular protest in the origins of British democracy in the age of reform (c1782-1832) by means of the first systematic exploration of the Home Office disturbances papers in The National Archives.
The Home Office disturbances papers are the principal source but they are sprawling, complex, uncatalogued and difficult to use, a problem which has previously limited the scope and ambition of work in an area which has long been at the heart of 'people's history'. The 1790s have recently been catalogued in detail by The National Archives, with a projected extension to the cataloguing reaching into the early 1800s. In 2013-14, Poole, Navickas and Carter are engaged on a British Academy funded pilot project at The National Archives, digitising and recataloguing the Home Office disturbance papers for 1816-1817.
The PhD project will focus on the development and the policing of popular political movements in the capital and selected English or Welsh regions in the period c.1800-1820 - that is, from the aftermath of the radicalism and rebellions of the 1790s to the end of the post-war upsurge of radicalism in 1816-1820.
Research questions include:
- How did popular protest develop over the period 1800-1820, and what was its relationship with radicalism?
- What was the relationship between government, military commanders and magistrates and their spies in the provinces, what was their effect on the movements they infiltrated, and how did radical organisation and methods change in response?
- How did conceptions of protest, unrest and democracy change over this period?
This is a highly prestigious studentship, supervised by experts in this field, which offers the opportunity for the student to benefit from some specialist training in archival research and present to the research seminar at The National Archives. Public engagement is an integral part of the project, with the student is expected to work with and assist volunteer cataloguers, write a short guide for The National Archives' users on how to use the Home Office disturbance papers, and to assist with the development of a website to the digitised Home Office files. There will be opportunities for dissemination at the 2016 and 2018 Manchester Histories Festivals, in connection with events to mark the bicentenary of the risings of 1817.
Find out more in the advert below.
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